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The wording of that creed has caused confusion among untold thousands of people over the past millennium and across scores of languages. For as much consternation as it has spawned, the intended meaning is really very simple. The word catholic in the a Apostle's Creed is being used as an adjective, not a proper name! A quick English dictionary search will ...


It was a creed that was developed by the early church. It came into existence after the age of the apostles. However, it finds its biblical basis in the apostles. From here, in its current form more likely post-Nicene Creed in the early 4th Century AD. From here, it sounds like it was a later form of the Old Roman Creed. The Nicene Creed (since that's ...


As a Big 'C' Catholic I'd have to disagree with Caleb's post on principle. But no holy wars or anything, I promise. Catholics, like some Protestant congregations, truly consider themselves the Universal Church. Unlike other Protestant congregations however, we do not consider non-Catholics (or not-us'es) to not be Christians. But, when Catholics say ...


Wikipedia has a good article on the concept. The phrase means that Christians are united in the Body of Christ, a teaching based on 1 Corinthians 12 (and some other passages).


This will take a bit of work...But thankfully, the work has already been done :) If you go to Volume 2 of Charles Hodge's Systematic Theology, p 591, you will there see a pretty good treatment of Christ's Death and Burial. (Search for "Christ humbled Himself even unto death, and continued under the power of death for a time." minus the quotes in the pdf) ...


Catholic means universal, in that membership in the church, the people of God, isn't restricted according to ethnicity or nationality.

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